Book Review | Six Million PaperClips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial
by Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand

Score: 3

© 2004, Kar-Ben Publishing.

“What on earth is 6 million?” ask the kids, when Whitwell Middle School in Whitwell, Tennessee decided to begin teaching their students about the Holocaust. Six million is a number too big to comprehend, so the class decides to collect six million paper clips in order to see just how big that number actually is. As they began seeking donations of this common office supply from their local community, then throughout their state, word gets out about their project. Soon it becomes a nationwide and eventually a worldwide endeavor! As their local project turns into a worldwide effort to collect 6 million paper clips then 12 million paper clips, two German reporters take up their cause and begin to assist them in creating an extraordinary Children’s Holocaust Memorial in their small Tennessee town complete with an actual railroad car that was used to transport Jews to the Nazi death camps. An amazing and powerful story about teaching tolerance.

Grade Level: 3rd-6th

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